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Lady Captain Julie's Update

Dear Ladies,

Ever since I reminded you to wear sunscreen, the weather has changed! We have all become so used to the lovely sunny weather and now we are reunited with a good old Norn Irish summer - let’s hope the high temperatures return soon! We plan to resume competitions next Tuesday and our first championship will be the Salzburg Cup! Many of you were hoping that I might have forgotten my AGM pledge of a Sound of Music themed year – sadly not!!! The prizes will be brown paper packages tied up with string and I will deliver them by doorstep deliveries when the results are finalised. I have checked with the Club Secretary that this is acceptable. I hope that you will all do “better than your best” - some of the prizes would have been worth fighting for, a few weeks ago! Many thanks to Anne Knox, our Match and Handicap Secretary for all her time and efforts reorganising all the fixtures that she had arranged so capably last winter!

I am delighted and cautiously hopeful that Lady Captain’s Day may go ahead in some form, on Saturday 25th July. I bought the prizes and goodie bags last year and the sweet pea should be perfect by then! Match and Handicap will be in touch regarding qualifying conditions but I would like to hear from anyone who may be shielding but would like to be included in the festivities. Our plans will obviously be dictated by current Health and Safety regulations.

Earlier this year the Ladies Branch Office Bearers invited me to remain as Lady Captain for 2021. I have given the matter a huge amount of thought and ricocheted with my decision making over the past few weeks. As you know Henry and I have recently retired and after devoting this year to my Captaincy, we have already made plans with family and friends for 2021. Therefore I have concluded that I cannot continue in position next year as I could not give 100% commitment to the Club. I do realise that Ita has not had a chance to “learn the ropes” during her Vice Captain’s year, but I promise to guide and support her in her role. I know that the committee and Ladies’ Branch will do likewise.

2020 has been a year like no other and it has certainly not been the golfing year that I had planned and hoped for. However, with writing my weekly nonsense and phoning the ladies, I feel that I have got to know many of you even better than with a quick chat at the bar. I hope to play with as many of you as possible over the coming weeks and there is still plenty of time for yodelling and golfing - one of our favourite things!

Best Wishes

Lady Captain Julie

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